It’s been a little while since I last posted anything on here, and it hasn’t been for a lack of wanting to write. There’s just been too much going on in my life, and I haven’t had the time to devote to writing. Hey, I’m a busy man.
This past Friday, July 10th, I went for the first part of a sleep study that my doctors ordered. The reason being that I have several symptoms of Sleep Apnea, and the doctors wanted to confirm it and determine just how bad the problem really is. If you don’t know what it is, sleep apnea is basically a condition in which you stop breathing while you sleep. It is a very dangerous and potentially life threatening condition; it is a pretty common condition that, unfortunately, often does undiagnosed and untreated. A sleep study is the primary means for accurately determining whether the condition exists or not.
So, I went for the study, and frankly it sucked. It involved being wired for sound, and trying to sleep. Imagine, if you can, having about 30 wires and electrodes attached to your head, face, chest, and legs, and then trying to go to sleep with all of that. In a strange environment, with a camera recording it all. How well do you think you’d sleep with all of that? As you might imagine, I didn’t do much sleeping at all. Amazingly, they were still able to get a great deal of information out of it despite all of the problems I had.
As I expected, the results showed that I do have sleep apnea, and that my case is pretty pronounced. The results indicated that I stopped breathing about 66 times an hour; a rate of roughly 66%. And my blood/oxygen levels dropped significantly as well. Needless to say, this is a real problem. It basically means that over 50% of the time that I’m sleeping, I’m not breathing at all. That’s scary.
So now the next step is to return for a second night of testing called a CPAP Titration. Through this they will determine the level of Continuous Positive Airway Pressure will be needed to help alleviate the problem. Once that is determined, I’ll more than likely visit the doctor again, and will be setup with a CPAP machine and everything I need to use it at home. Should be interesting.
The other interesting change that has taken place in my world is that I now have a gym membership, and have started going to workout about 3 times a week. I finally got all of the clearances, referrals, etc… from the doctors to start that. I’m doing mostly cardio stuff right now, you know treadmills, bikes, etc… and will be slowly working my way up to more difficult stuff. I’m kind of starting to enjoy the work outs. Definitely a great way to start my day, and an awesome stress reliever.
So yeah, that’s about it for now. There’s a lot more than that going on, but I can’t really talk about the rest. Don’t feel deprived of details, you really aren’t missing anything. Until next time…
Keep Fighting it, and Rock On!